In his speech, which received a muted response from the TUC, Mr Brown told them that he would not "jeopardise Britain's economic success" by allowing pay rises which were at or above the level of inflation, "unless they are for the top managers and directors who make large donations - I mean who make such a difference to the economy."
Warming to his theme, Mr Brown aked his audience "just who the **** do you think you are ? I f****** own you, and don't you forget it. I made your jobs, I've got friends who could buy you all with their petty cash. There are millions of people in the world who want your jobs - AND they work harder, and for less, than you ******* ! F*** off to Poland and see what the job market's like there if you've got a problem !"
Calming down with a visible effort, Mr Brown concluded that "competition from immigrant workers - I mean pay discipline" was "essential to prevent inflation, improve the profits of my friends, to maintain growth and create more jobs for immigrant workers - and so that we never return to the old boom and bust of the past".